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Author Interview: Simonetta Carr on Heroes of the Faith

By emily | March 2, 2011 | 4 Comments

In today’s author interview, I talk with Simonetta Carr, author of several picture book biographies for kids on church fathers including John Calvin, John Owen, …

Behind the Bookcase, Part 2: At Home with ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

By emily | February 28, 2011 | 7 Comments

“‘It’s lovely to be going home and know it’s home,’ she said. ‘I love Green Gables already, and I never loved any place before. No …

*The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins

By Janie | February 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins.  HMH, 2010. 301 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (age 10-12) and up …

*Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

By Janie | February 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen. Random House (Wendy Lamb Books), 2007. 88 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Maturity Level: 4 (Ages 10-12) Bottom …

‘A Story, A Story’: Thinking Through African Mythology

By emily | February 21, 2011 | 3 Comments

The Anansi stories have been handed down through generations of Ashanti culture…Born in Ghana I left at aged 3, leaving much of the Ghanaian culture …

It’s a Book by Lane Smith

By Janie | February 17, 2011 | 3 Comments

It’s a Book by Lane Smith.  Roaring Brook Press, 2010.  32 pages. Reading Level: Picture book, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 10-12 and up Bottom …

RR Podcast: Kevin Twit on The Jesus Storybook Bible

By emily | February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

It may be my freshman attempt at an interview, but Kevin Twit is no novice when it comes to focusing his listeners’ attention away from …

The King of Mulberry Street by Donna Jo Napoli

By Janie | February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

The King of Mulberry Street, by Donna Jo Napoli. Random House, 2005, 256 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grade, Ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (Ages 10-12) …

They Don’t Write ’em Like This Anymore

By Janie | February 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

On the Blue Comet, by Rosemary Wells. Candlewick, 2010, 329 pages. Reader age 9-13. Even though Oscar’s Ogilvie’s mother is dead, he and his dad …

Behind the Bookcase, Part 1: In Search of a Hiding Place

By emily | February 6, 2011 | 3 Comments

“There ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner, Who would hurt all mankind just to save his own soul. Have pity on those whose choices …